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Illinois National Guard commander in Washington, D.C. addresses food concerns

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(WEEK) -- Illinois National Guard members stationed in Washington, D.C. apparently had to reject meals, with troops receiving a meal that was potentially undercooked.

Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, public affairs director with the Illinois National Guard, said the commander of the troops in the nation's capitol has addressed the issues.

“The Illinois National Guard is aware of food complaints from our troops and the Commander is aggressively addressing those issues. This includes rejecting meals that are sub-par. The Illinois National Guard leadership is also actively engaged in addressing this issue with other senior leadership within the National Guard," said Leighton in a statement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, it was the first time troops received a meal that was partially undercooked, Leighton said.

The commander "on the spot addressed the situation rejecting those meals and providing those troops with an operational ration -- a 'Meal Ready to Eat' or 'MRE.'"

Leighton said the commander addressed the situation through his higher headquarters in Washington.

No soldier or airmen went without a meal, said Leighton.

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